Today was the day I cooked two weeks worth of meals in about 5 hours. It is the most fun I've had in the kitchen in ages. First, the weather was perfect for a day of cooking. We woke up to this.
Emily's soccer game was canceled and we had nothing else planned for the day. We didn't get a lot of snow, but the roads were icy and travel was discouraged. So, I had the whole family to keep me company. I think they're all eager to try some of the food they've watched being prepared and that they smelled cooking all morning.
I thought the entire process went very smoothly. The first step is all the chopping and dicing. It was great fun to use my new kitchen knives and I felt like Julia Child, chopping all those onions. (Loved, loved that movie!)
And carrots and peppers and celery and green onion. . .
Occasionally someone would wander through and I coerced him into washing a few dishes.
(Some people just don't take my blog seriously!) This Fiesta Shrimp dish is going to be one of my favorites. Saucy noodles: salsa, three kinds of cheese, yogurt, and yummy spices. It goes in a freezer bag and when it's time to bake, put it in a 9x13 pan along with the shrimp. Mama mia!
I changed up the spaghetti sauce a bit, using my own recipe. I like to use fresh garlic in everything I cook. Well, almost everything. The book calls for a jar of minced garlic to use for all of the recipes, which would have saved me some time, because I ended up mincing garlic as I went along. And there was lots of it. Especially in this sauce. Mmmmmm, just smell it!
Speaking of noodles (weren't we?), my mother-in-law gave me this awesome pasta pot. If I'm not using it to make something for supper, my #2 son is using it to cook up some pasta for a snack. He's a real pasta head. It is a handy-dandy thing. (The pot, that is). Cook the noodles and the top has holes to drain them.
By 1:00 I had 10 one-gallon freezer bags in the freezer and several containers of spaghetti sauce and tortilla soup.
Don't mind that the bag is upside down. Or that there's a misspelling in the labeling. It's "Twelve Boy Curry," not "Tweve Boy Curry." I think I'm going to love this one, too.
The book says (and we must always follow the book, right?) that you should plan on going out to eat on Cooking Day. But, (throwing the book aside), we said to heck with that. #2 son boiled up some pasta in our handy-dandy pot and we heated up some spaghetti sauce.
(Insert picture here of family slurping spaghetti noodles up their chins).
Would I recommend cooking "in bulk?" Absolutely! Next time, I think I'll do it for a month's worth of meals. Such fun!